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The Strange Case Of Angelica Reviews

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November 7, 2013
Oliveira's first use of 21st-century digital technology paradoxically marks a return to the origins of cinema with the special effects trembling with a handcrafted sincerity and shimmering sense of wonder
February 2, 2012
This whimsical, ethereal tale of love and death is as light as a feather, but charming in its own way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 15, 2011
An old-fashioned 21st Century movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 5, 2011
Some dreamlike photography and a soothing musical score are pluses but slow, draggy telling is likely to frustrate the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 30, 2011
Stunningly magnificent spellbinding magical tale.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 14, 2011
A quiet tale, told through a rarely moving camera and a playful, bewitching smile.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2011
The narrative unreels with the simplicity of a silent movie; many scenes are shot from a single camera set-up with few cuts, the shadowy, stagy interiors backed by Chopin, as if it were a live piano accompaniment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 10, 2011
Nearly every shot in this new movie contains one glory or another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 31, 2011
...a whimsical fable, the meditation of a very old man looking to the past, looking towards death. It has the impact of a half smile.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 13, 2011
May be the most accessible of the ten Oliveira films I've seen so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 7, 2011
"The Strange Case of Angelica" tells its tale of love and death with a captivating mix of formality, ambiguity and offbeat humor. On the surface a simple fable, it's actually much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 6, 2011
Because of his age and experience, de Oliveira brings a wider perspective to everything he shoots; if he places his camera in the middle of a street, he tries to convey the way it was decades ago, not just how it is now.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 29, 2010
de Oliveira's film is a musical of a sort, its quietude occasionally lifted by work songs or chorales.
December 29, 2010
While it is evidently the work of an artist with great stores of wisdom and a long view of history, it also has a playful, wry quality that can only be described as youthful.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2010
A distinctive, touchingly old-fashioned piece of work, and unmistakably one made by a director whose life has spanned eras.
December 24, 2010
The mystical when not earthy, Chaplinesque images are enchanting. In particular the artist's pursuit of his elusive muse, ecstatically locked in a wordless embrace with the beaming apparition as she takes him on a journey floating across the night sky.
December 22, 2010
We think we're in for a weighty, Hitchcockian treatise on artistic obsession; Oliveira's intentions are a bit more impish, however, though no less profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 18, 2010
Probably too film school for most, this is a masterpiece by a master. A hard look at the disjunction of film and art in a ghostly setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 5, 2010
A snapshot of consuming obsession and the inspiring power of art that?s like falling into a bewildering, beguiling dream.
October 3, 2010
The movie evokes what the Portuguese call saudades, or sentimental longing, but literally reincarnates melancholy as joy.
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